Federer’s Desert Destruction of Nadal

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Rafael Nadal of Spain met Roger Federer of Switzerland for the first time in their long and illustrious rivalry in the fourth round of a tournament at BNP Paribas open at Indian wells California in a late afternoon match, with Federer looking for his third straight win over Rafa.  this is their first meeting since their surprise final at this year's Australian open with roger winning in five sets.  Nadal was expected to have the advantage here with the slower conditions and the high bounce produced by the hot, dry conditions, but Federer was sharp from the outset producing a high ratio of winners to unforced errors with his usual big serves and forehands, and surprising Nadal with an equal number of winners from top spin backhands. Nadal's previous dominance of Federer seemed to come from his serve in the ad court to Federer' backhand, usually producing a defensive slice as a return.no longer. roger stated after the match, “I can start dominating points from the start , hitting my backhand early, higher, and shoulder high." Federer quickly took control by breaking Nadal's serve in the opening game and then again in game five, leading 4-1.then Federer had no trouble holding his own serve twice to win set one 6-2 in just over thirty minutes.in set two roger continued his dominance of the baseline, striking both forehand and backhand winners.  roger broke Rafa's serve in game three and held serve to take a 3-1 lead.  Players next traded holds of serve until Nadal was serving 3-5 and Federer broke again with two backhand winners to close out the match in a commanding performance 6-2,6-3.in the twilight of both of their careers, this rivalry has taken another turn and Federer' s resurgence after missing much of the latter half of 2016's season has been a refreshing surprise early in the 2017 ATP tour.

Written by Evan Fabricant
Photos by Dana Gardner
“Bulgaria SEGA” newspaper

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